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Full text of "Alexander von Humboldt"

564                               LIFE OF
Humboldt's departure excited the fear that these
affairs would: be quite neglected, and that the opening
of the university would be delayed. But they were
groundless. The impulse had been given, and the
plans for the university so far prepared, that it was
easy for Mcolovius, in conjunction with the still acting
Count Dohna, to complete the measures. The state
chancellor offered the post to Alexander von Hum-
boldt, then residing in Paris, but he preferred to devote
himself to his scientific labours, and declined the pro-
posal In November, 1810, councillor Schuckman
succeeded to the post, and Nicolovius was appointed
director in both departments.
The virtues which Humboldt had shown as a states-
man, his advanced views, his incorruptible love of
truth, and his energetic activity, were amply appre-
ciated by the court; the best acknowledgment was the
Vienna appointment. He, however, received several
other tokens of royal esteem. When the 2nd and
3rd- classes of the order of the Eed Eagle were founded,
in January, 1810, the third being first distributed,
Humboldt was one of the few statesmen decorated
with it.
His scientific greatness was also more and more
acknowledged. In the beginning of the year 1809,
he was elected foreign member of the Danish asso-
ciation for science, and in the summer of 1810, he was
appointed member of thg philosophical class of the
royal academy of sciences in Berlin.